Valverde: Real Madrid Tend to Be Very Strong at Camp Nou

Valverde: Real Madrid Tend to Be Very Strong at Camp Nou

Valverde: Real Madrid Tend to Be Very Strong at Camp Nou

Of course, they're playing in different leagues so it's not an entirely fair comparison, but it is quite clear that Messi is a better all-round player right now: he loses the ball a lot less often, he has a better touch... with both feet, and he is nearly certainly the best passer of the ball in the game.

"Speaking after the game, Barça boss Ernesto Valverde said: "(Messi) has a small problem.

Little did it matter that Messi had just struck two goals to lead Barcelona back from a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw.

While Madrid have been far from their best this season, the absence of Messi would go a long way to levelling the playing field in Wednesday's cup tie, which will take place at the Camp Nou.

It may be impossible to definitively judge who is the better player until they have both retired and we have perspective.

They will be looking to end Barcelona's run of four consecutive Copa del Rey triumphs and reach the final of the competition for the first time since 2014, when they beat the Catalans 2-1.

Earlier on Tuesday, Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said he hopes Messi is fit to face his side.

Asked at the prematch news conference in Madrid whether he wanted his fellow Argentine to be available for Wednesday's game, Solari said it would be best for the spectacle for Messi to feature.

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is unlikely to be fit for the game, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury. We need to use all the players we can and we'll analyse if we need to make changes tomorrow or Sunday.

'The most important thing is whether the player tells you he is ready or not.

"But we still haven't hit the decisive part of the season yet".

Neither team could find a victor in the remaining 30 minutes of the match, but the draw ensured Barca avoided a first league loss since November and took them to 50 points from 22 games.

"They are usually strong at Camp Nou, they play well here".

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